Schools and Libraries News Brief
April 22, 2011
Commitments for Funding Year 2010
Funding Year 2010. USAC will release FY2010 Wave 48 Funding Commitment Decision Letters (FCDL's) April 26. This wave includes commitments for approved Priority 2 (Internal Connections and Basic Maintenance) requests at 81% and above and denials at 79% and below. As of April 22, FY2010 commitments total over $2.45 billion.
On the day the FCDLs are mailed, you can check to see if you have a commitment by using USAC’s Automated Search of Commitments tool.
FY2011 Deadlines for Form 471 Certifications and Item 21 Attachments
Next week, USAC will be issuing two letters – one to applicants that filed Form 471 online but have not yet completed the certification process, the other to remind applicants to submit their Item 21 attachments. These letters will be issued on Wednesday, April 27; responses are due on or before Tuesday, May 17.
Each letter is discussed below.
Notification of Form 471 With No Certification
USAC will issue just under 660 letters to applicants that filed a Form 471 online on or before 11:59 pm EDT March 24 but that have not yet certified that form. These letters notify applicants that they must certify their forms online or on paper on or before May 17 for those forms to be considered in-window.
Remember that Commission rules require USAC to consider all in-window funding requests first and, except for FY1999, funding has run out before out-of-window requests could be considered.
If you receive a Notification of Form 471 with No Certification, you can certify online or on paper.
To certify online, you must have a PIN and the security code for the Form 471 you filed online:
To certify on paper:
After you successfully certify your Form 471, the status of that form will change to "Certified - Out Of Window" on the Form 471 Application Status tool. Once all of the paper certifications postmarked on or before May 17 have been processed, USAC will move all applications with timely filed certifications (both online and on paper) in-window.
Item 21 Attachment Urgent Reminder Letter
USAC will issue just over 15,500 letters to applicants that filed a Form 471 received or postmarked on or before 11:59 pm EDT on March 24 but did not use the online system to file all of the associated Item 21 attachments. These letters remind applicants that they must submit their Item 21 attachments on or before May 17 for the associated FRN's to be considered in-window.
NOTE: Applicants that file Item 21 attachments by email, fax, or on paper can include more than one Item 21 attachment in their submissions. For the purpose of this reminder, USAC will issue a letter to all applicants that did not file ALL of their Item 21 attachments using the online system. (Applicants must submit Item 21 attachments individually if they use the online system.) This letter is not a notification that you still need to file your Item 21 attachments; it is only a reminder to make sure you have done so.
Remember that the Form 471 Application Status tool will only show the status of a Form 471, not the status of each FRN on that form.